The new Panasonic AG-AC8PJ will sell for only $1,200 in the USA

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lancespring
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The new Panasonic AG-AC8PJ will sell for only $1,200 in the USA
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The new Panasonic AG-AC8PJ will offer an affordable new option for folks that like having a shoulder mounted camcorder, a long 21x optical zoom, and a long lasting battery. B&H Photo is accepting pre-orders for only $1,200. This camcorder will come with a standard 5 year warranty, far superior to most camcorders in its price range.

It will record AVCHD 1080/60p at 28Mbps using 3 sensors, has dual card slots, has both a built-in and also an external stereo shotgun microphone standard, as well as zebras and manual focus assist.

Here is a link to the product's official announcement:

http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prModelDetail?storeId=11301&catalogId=13251&itemId=703518&modelNo=Content10082013095920619&surfModel=Content10082013095920619

Here is a video talking all about the features of this camcorder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJi_OeEt_IY

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In reply to lancespring, 9 months ago

I wish the Canon line XA20/XA25 etc was $500 less..

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The pricing of Pro and Consumer Camcorders is starting to overlap
In reply to ryan2007, 9 months ago

Panasonic actually considers this to be one of their professional camcorders, which is why they are giving it their professional 5 year warranty.

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In reply to lancespring, 9 months ago

Where does it say 3 chips? It's most-likely only 1 chip unless you can show me where you read that unlike the AC90 which does have a 3MOS design. Plus it only has 1 ring verses 3 of the AC90 and I believe it doesn't have XLR inputs. I don't even know it has a native 24p mode since their is no mention of it in the press release. It's $1,200 because it's a very low range camera.

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In reply to Paulo Teixeira, 9 months ago

I think that you are right about it not being a 3MOS camera like the AC90 or X920.

I've made yet another error.  My brain continues to misfire and get info mixed up.

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In reply to lancespring, 9 months ago

lancespring wrote:

Panasonic actually considers this to be one of their professional camcorders...

With those specs, no one else will.

It looks nice enough for a $1200 camcorder, but with that dedicated lens, no XLR, and I suspect 4:2:0 color - it's not even close to a professional camera.

It does have focus peaking though, so could pull some people away from the "should I get a GH3 for video" customer list. While you won't have the lens options and framerates of the GH3, it's also a lot less money once you consider the body, a couple 2.8 mFT lens, mic gear, etc. So there's some sort of market for it.

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In reply to thorn-, 9 months ago

A 1/4.5" 20.4 Megapixel sensor? Really? Is that a mistake in the press release?

How could you possibly get decent low light performance out of that...

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Paulo Teixeira wrote:

It's $1,200 because it's a very low range camera.

But all my customers will think I look so much more professional when using a camera such as this

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In reply to lancespring, 6 months ago

I am familiar with the quality of panasonics best single sensor cameras (have a few HDC  SD-90 i use for pro work) and the quality is exceptional over others this Panasonic AG-AC8PJ would be as good or better but in a more pro looking body...sounds like a winner to me!

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In reply to outbackimages, 6 months ago

Looks professional but the specs don't appear to be any better than the Canon HF G30 and I prefer 20x optical zoom in a hand held.

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